February 2019

Oregon SoS Dennis Richardson Dies

Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson died Tuesday after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He is being remembered as “a shining example of true public service, raising the bar for kindness and non-partisanship among his peers.”

Try, Try Again: Orange County, CA Adopts Vote Centers

Two years after a surprising – and controversial – rejection, Orange County, CA supervisors voted to transition to a vote center model aimed at improving the election experience and cutting costs. Public support and a successful track record elsewhere apparently swayed the board after a 2017 vote widely seen and criticized as partisan.

Denver’s Alton Dillard in electionlineWeekly on “Comms 101”

The latest electionlineWeekly features the first in a series of communications-related topics for election officials and other members of the community. The inaugural installment is “Comms 101”, a guest post by Denver’s Alton Dillard, who shares thoughts on the importance of transparency – and outreach! – when dealing with the media.

Democracy Fund’s Adam Ambrogi: “Tech is Not the Enemy”

The Democracy Fund’s Adam Ambrogi has a new piece entitled “Tech is Not the Enemy” in the Carnegie Reporter about the role technology can and does play in improving the voting experience. It’s a fantastic read, calling on everyone (especially appropriators!) to recognize the role such technology plays in the voting process.

EAC’s New Quorum Publishes VVSG 2.0 for Public Comment

The election community’s long(!) wait for a fully-constituted EAC paid off yesterday with the announcement that the full Commission has unanimously voted to release Version 2.0 of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines for public comment. It’s a welcome sign that the EAC is back to business shortly after being restored to full strength.

ElectionlineWeekly on 2018 EAC Clearie Award Recipients

This week, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission announced the winners of its 2018 “Clearie” awards recognizing state and local election offices for best practices in election administration – and, as usual, electionlineWeekly’s Mindy Moretti has the story.

TODAY: BPC Hosts “The Voting Experience: 2018 and the Future”

Today in Washington, DC the Bipartisan Policy Center – with support from the Democracy Fund – is hosting a conference entitled “The Voting Experience: 2018 and the Future” and focused on “key moments in election administration during the 2018 midterm elections, and a look ahead to what steps can be taken to improve the voting experience for all Americans in 2020.”